Lindsay Graham compliments Glenn



Graham: Beck doesn't represent the Republican Party

GLENN: 888 727 BECK, 888 727 BECK. Here's Lindsey Graham yesterday. What was this on? Was this on

PAT: This was on Fox actually, on Bret Baier. I think he was filling in for Chris Wallace.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Here's Lindsey Graham from yesterday.

VOICE: Are you saying that Glenn Beck is bad for America?

GRAHAM: No, I'm not saying he's bad for America. You got the freedom to watch him if you choose. He did a pretty good job on ACORN. What I am saying, he doesn't represent the Republican Party.

GLENN: Stop right there.

STU: Thank you, Lindsey. Thank you.

GLENN: You got it. You got it. You are exactly right.

STU: Very true.

GLENN: We certainly don't. But unfortunately for the Republican Party, I believe you do. That's the problem. These, these

PAT: That's why we had the bloodbath we had in 2006.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: And again in 2008.

GLENN: And again in 2010 and 12 if you don't wake up. I mean, you know, they are already starting to, they are already starting to lay the groundwork now in New Jersey that you better not vote for a third party. Don't you dare vote for a third party. Let me tell you something, America. You vote for whoever the hell you damn well please. You look into the person. How about we actually listen to Martin Luther King one time? Could we do it? Let's judge a man on the content of his character.

PAT: No, I was pretty sure he said by his party affiliation, didn't he?

GLENN: Really?

PAT: Is that what he said?

GLENN: No, I think it was content of the character.

STU: It's content of the party affiliation.

GLENN: Is that what it is? Judging by the platform of the party that they never pay attention to.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: You judge him by the content of the character, period. If it happens to be Republican, great. If it happens to be Democrat, great. If it's an independent, great. But judge him on the content of the character. I'm telling you, they are going to tell you again, don't no, you can't split the vote, you can't split the you split the vote, then they will win, blah, blah blah, blah blah. You know what? I'm tired of playing that game. We've played that game in 45 years of my life. That's all I've ever heard. And that little game has gotten us here. At what point do we say that game doesn't work, that game is insane? You know what will happen? If you start voting for the people, the content of the character, these parties will look for character. They will look for people that are virtuous. They will look for people who are decent. They will start if they lose time and time again, you know what? They are not going to lose. They will learn their lesson. The lesson that they have learned now is, you'll vote for anybody because you just don't want to lose. Because they can convince you the other guy is going to destroy us.

Have you noticed that George Bush is a fascist, Nazi, going to destroy us. Have you noticed Barack Obama, a fascist, Nazi, going to destroy us. Oh, yeah, I say that all the time. I believe I said that about both of them. I've said that about both of them. Here's the thing. I didn't say it about one and not the other. That's what they do.

PAT: When they are doing the same things especially.

GLENN: They are doing the same damn things.

STU: Yeah. And this is not to say, though, that the independent in New Jersey is the right guy. I mean, you don't know anything about him, right?

GLENN: I don't know anything about him. I don't know anything about him. I have to tell you somebody came up to me in line the other day. We were at the book signings and they said, tell me about, you know, what do you think about so and so? And I said, I don't know who that even is. And they are like, they are running against I said, I haven't even looked into them. "Oh, well, I just thought maybe..." no, I don't pay attention to that stuff, I really don't. I will when I get ready to vote. But now I don't care about the parties at all.

PAT: Was it that hotly contested city alderman race in North Haven? Is that what it is?

GLENN: No, I don't know what it is. I don't know what it is. So Lindsey Graham, I just want to make sure everybody understands, Lindsey Graham says I don't represent the Republican Party. Amen to that, yes, absolutely true. Congratulations for getting that one right.

GRAHAM: I choose not to because quite frankly I don't, I don't want to go down the road of thinking our best days are behind us, we need to

GLENN: Stop for a second. I am so sick of this. He never even... I'm like, if you think the best days are behind us, you are just a big old hick. No, I don't think the best days are behind us. I think the best days are behind us if we don't pull out of this corruption, you bet. I think there are tough days ahead, but I believe in the American people. And right now I don't see a lot of American people in Washington. I see a lot of corruption, I see a lot of special interests, I see a lot of big business, I see a lot of special interest groups. I see a lot of people that I don't relate to on both sides of the aisle. That's who I see in Washington. You get some let me tell you this. I firmly believe that you could take 535 people and throw them out and then just go get 535 farmers. You know that commercial? You know that one commercial, what is it, for Nextel where they are like, we've got to have clean water... beep, we've got to have clean water. Okay, this job ain't that hard. You could go out and get firemen. You could go get farmers. You could just go put them in Washington, seal the room so they can't get any phone calls and special interests and all that bullcrap, and farmers would do a better job. They are going to do worse than these guys? Have you noticed we're on the verge of bankruptcy? Have you noticed we're on the eve of destruction for America? I believe in farmers. I believe I don't believe in the elites and I don't believe in the parties. Now, that doesn't mean I can't believe in the system if they fix it. You bet.

STU: Is it possible when he says, you know, that you think the best days are behind us is what he said, is it possible he's thinking of, like, moderate wishy washy Republicans with no, no real belief system?

GLENN: That is true.

STU: Because it could be the worst days are behind for people like that.

GLENN: Yeah, the best days. The best days are behind for Lindsey Graham, you bet. David Brooks, Lindsey Graham, all of these people, Nancy Pelosi, all on both sides. On both sides. Katie Couric, Brian Williams, all of them. All of them. Anybody who's playing this game, your best days are behind you.

You know, the paradigm is going to change. Americans have changed. They have woken up. They were wide awake right after 9/11 and then the parties used them. Then the parties did things for their own purposes. Then the parties used 9/11. And both of them did it. Used 9/11 to rack up debt. Keep us going. Then they've used race. They've used everything. They've used everything. They have used absolutely everything but honor, integrity and honesty. That's the only thing they haven't used. They have tried everything else. But lives, fortunes and sacred honor. That's it. They haven't tried that one. The American people are awake now and they are like, yeah, I'm going to go with the, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." What do you say? Let's give that one a whirl.

PAT: I don't even know what you're talking about. When you stopped talking about the Republican Party like it was the savior of the universe.

GLENN: He's just a cynic. That's what he is.

GRAHAM: People are genuinely upset with how much money we're spending up here but at the end of the day when a person says he represents conservatism and that the country's better off with Barack Obama than John McCain, that sort of ends the debate for me as to how much more I'm going to listen.

GLENN: Yeah.

GRAHAM: So he has a right to say what he wants to say. In my view it's not the kind of political analysis that I buy into.

STU: That's the critique from Lindsey Graham is that you're not conservative enough. He's worried that you think Barack Obama's good. So Lindsey Graham's critique of you is that you are not conservative enough.

GLENN: Right.

STU: That's really going to hold water with any audience with any intelligence but he says it because he knows no one will think about it.

GLENN: Right. And the reason why I say that John McCain would have been worse is because the American people wouldn't have woken up. Look, guys, we're running out of time. That's all there is to it. You know that Nouriel Roubini, Dr. Doom, came out and said, "You know what, there might be some more trouble on the horizon." You think so Nouriel? I'm not a Nobel Prize winning economist and I know trouble is on the horizon. This is unsustainable. Unsustainable. With an event, the country's dollar or financial situation could be flushed down the toilet immediately. Immediately. Without an event we last three to ten years, ten maximum. Now, how do we weather that storm? We weather that storm and we make sure that there is no that there is a bright future of Americans, by doing the right things. Americans, for the first time, are willing to sacrifice. For the first time they are willing to say, you know what? I will take less if my children can have more. We're willing to do it! And there's no leader. There is no leader willing to tell us those things. Why? Because they're cowards with another plan. And that other plan does not look anything like what is outlined in the 5,000 Year Leap by our founders. No, no, no. That plan looks like progressive America, which is an awful lot of force to get you to do things you don't want to do.

Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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